xTuple is a different kind of software company
xTuple delivers enterprise-class products and services at an affordable price, one of the lowest Total Cost of Ownership of any ERP system on the market.
Our business management software gives growing companies control over operations and profitability, integrating all critical functional areas in one system: sales, accounting and operations — including customer and supplier management, inventory control, eCommerce, manufacturing and distribution — powerful tools to Grow Your World®.
Commercial software vendors — once the realm of brilliant designers, engineers and artisans — lost touch with what customers really wanted. Once categories of software became near-commodities, customers increasingly asked: "why does it cost so much" and "why are the products and vendors so difficult to work with?"
Mainstays of the industry disappeared overnight, and enterprise software customers — from large to small- to mid-sized business — uncomfortably realized there was no longer safety in working with large, established providers. Adequate starter solutions, the kind of accounting software bought off-the-shelf at local computer stores, still existed. But to step up to a real enterprise system was cost- and complexity-prohibitive. Big software products were designed for big companies, with inflexible generations-old technologies.
Circa late 1970s and early 1980s, software applications and the infrastructure level of information technology became more and more cost-prohibitive and complex, and the beginnings of the "open source movement" took root, little-noticed by large incumbent vendors. The practice of hobbyist-programmers around the world, collaboratively developing software via the then-fledgling pre-Internet, developed into real business applications.
Core operating systems, databases and servers advanced. New features were added faster and quality-tested by thousands of real-world users. Bugs were identified and fixed more quickly. Security improved, as vulnerabilities previously locked in proprietary code were exposed to the antiseptic sunlight of open source development.
The founders of our company heard the compelling call to build a new flexible software solution for small, growing manufacturers — based on open standards — using open source building blocks such as the Linux operating system, PostgreSQL database and Qt framework for C++.
Open standards extended to the business logic of the software, especially for manufacturing concepts such as Material Requirements Planning (MRP) rigorously codified by organizations such as APICS (The Association for Operations Management).
Business management tools should not force users to change their processes to accommodate the software — the software should be based on best-practice, professional methodologies and with the flexibility to accommodate the individual characteristics of specific manufacturing industries.
What would you call such a thing? Open Manufacturing. So we started writing code. Lots of it. And we started a company.